UPDATE: Man Arrested In Decomposed Body Case

STOCKTON (CBS13) — Stockton Police have made an arrest in connection with a badly decomposed body found in a Stockton apartment earlier this week.

Police arrested 36-year-old Devon Epps just before midnight Tuesday after he was spotted by a citizen on a street corner near his old apartment. Epps lived in the East Channel Street apartment where the body was found before he was evicted on Sunday. Police believe he lived with the decomposing body in the bathtub for several months.

Police have not identified the body, which was discovered on Monday. However, Isaac Zuniga of Modesto said the woman is his missing sister Veronica Jones.

“It’s morbid, it’s disgusting and disrespectful,” Zuniga said Wednesday after learning of Epps’ arrest. “I’m horrified by the experience my sister went through.”

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The 35-year-old mother of 10 has been missing for nearly seven months.

“Sometime in the first two weeks of June is the last time we saw her,” he said.

When Isaac heard that a body had been found in the apartment where his sister had lived with her boyfriend, Epps, he knew it had to be her. He said he told Stockton police about Epps when reporting his sister missing. However, until the body is positively identified as Jones, Stockton police refused to address that.

“It’s inappropriate to link those cases,” Officer Pete Smith said. “When and if it’s identified as her, then we’ll speak to incidents surrounding the missing persons case.”

Isaac says investigators have told him they are 99 percent sure it’s his sister’s body.

“We are handling this as a homicide investigation, but it’s too soon to say if this body is the result of homicide,” Smith said on Tuesday. At the time, he also called Epps a “person of interest.”

However, police say Epps’ overnight arrest was for murder.

A tenant for about a year, Epps suffers from mental problems and caused a slew of problems, according to management, which was why he was evicted Sunday.

“Violence, yelling, screaming, destruction, and women locked in the room,” said apartment management employee Leslie Pearce.

epps UPDATE: Man Arrested In Decomposed Body Case

Devon Omar Epps

Comments

One Comment

  1. cl8978 says:

    MOTHER OF 10 at 35 Oh Lord … where are her children and where have they been for the last 7 Months

  2. Samantha Purkey says:

    I was thinking the same thing. Where are her kids? Why hasn’t anyone searched her and her boyfriends apartment before this? If I came up missing I know my friends and family wouldn’t be trying to get cops with search warrents, They would have already done it.

  3. E says:

    Did she have a kid every year? How on earth (and WHY) does a 35 year old have 10 kids?? And she was out shacking up with random men! Where are all the kids?

  4. FAncy austin says:

    She one of thoes woman who left them with the dads thay just thought she didnt want to speak to them

  5. URFULOFIT says:

    I smell a social security check that keeps coming just as sure as the body keeps decomposing. He should have moved it out of there if he wanted to keep milking the big nipple.

    And am I the only one who moved his image on the screen a little to see if that mole over his left eye was his or a piece of crud on the computer?

  6. Two Tacos says:

    I guess she was Brain washed by La Raza to have 10 kids.. Ching Ching!!

  7. Cmorno says:

    Losers, both of them. To bad for the kids. They didn’t ask for a mother such as this. She made her choices. Unfortunately she lost.

  8. Elliott the Cat says:

    CHRIS WEBBER JR. HIGH SCHOOL PHOTO ! LOVE IT

    REAL GEM, CRACK HEAD !

  9. Anna says:

    There is no need to bash her. I guess some of you have never heard of multiple births such as twins or triplets? I don’t know if that was the case for her. Regardless this is a human being who didn’t have to die that way and your rude and uncaring racist comments will hurt her kids and her family. This guy makes me want to puke, why wasn’t the police more diligent in looking for her after receiving repeated calls on this. If he had a mental health social worker, why wasn’t there concern? How did the neighbors live in smelling decomposing area, because they lived in a low tenement area in downtown Stockton. Obviously if he lived there for a year and was recently evicted he had some income coming from somewhere, probably from SSI that I pay in to. I hope none of you ever have a family member who also may have low self esteem or depression or medical issues and you lose them and have to read these insults.Are there any more victims out there?
    The big Question is, why did Stockton PD take so long and not take the pleas of the family seriously?

    1. ERIN says:

      THANK YOU…. I WAS WONDERING HOW SO MANY PEOPLE COULD SIT HERE AND TYPE ABOUT HOW HORRIBLE A PERSON SHE WAS. SHE WAS A WOMAN WITH FLAWS, ITS CALLED HUMAN, WHO CARES THAT SHE HAD 10 KIDS OR EVEN 100 THE POINT IS THAT AN INNOCENT LIFE WAS TAKEN AND LEFT IN AN APARTMENT TO DECOMPOSE. NO ONE WOULD WANT THEYRE FAMILY BEING BASHED LIKE THIS. EVERYONE IS SO FOCUSED ON HER FAULTS, TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT ALL THE FAULTS YOU HAVE AND THEN TELL ME IF YOU DESERVE TO DIE FOR THEM.

  10. gna says:

    Jesus Christ……..just look at that guy…….he looks like he escaped from a
    ……………………………………mental institution

  11. Kiyomi Nicole Cornejo says:

    TO EVERYONE THAT LEFT A STUPID COMMENT! WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE ANYONE. YOU ARE A HUMAN BEING JUST LIKE SHE IS. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF SHE HAD NO KIDS OR 10 KIDS SHE DID NOT HAVE TO DIE IN SUCH A MANNER. WHY ARE THE COMMENTS LEFT REGARDING HER LIFE WHEN THE NEWS CAST IS ABOUT HER DEATH. I SHAKE MY HEAD TO SUCH POOR EXCUSES OF HUMAN BEINGS MAYBE I SHOULD STOP PRAYING FOR HER AND PRAY FOR YOU!!!

  12. Juan Aveytia says:

    This is her oldest son, she did not have custody of many of her kids, including me, i have not seen her in 10 years, she was not receiving any financial compensation for any of us…

  13. Bill Smith says:

    ten sprogs.35 years old. thank god someone shut this monkey maker down

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